BBC Two announce new two-part drama One Child

by | Apr 2, 2014 | All, TV News

BBC Two have announced the commission of a two part drama written by Blood and Oil’s Guy Hibbert and directed by The 7:39’s John Alexander.

The drama stars Katie Leung as Mei, a first-born Chinese girl adopted by an American mother and British father, is asked to return to her birthplace, Guangzhou, when her birth mother desperately seeks her assistance in saving her son. How far will Mei go to help the woman who gave her away and the brother she’s never met? This drama takes a new look at what it means to be family.

Hibbert said of the drama, “I wanted to visit a contemporary Chinese city to discover what I felt was the most important story to tell from the point of view of the ordinary Chinese citizen. It is, of course, corruption – as it is in far too many countries throughout the world. My story is set amongst the poorest in the city and amongst the richest, the new billionaire class, abusing power alongside provincial Party officials. I have also looked at the effect of the One Child policy – under which so many baby girls were abandoned and a fortunate few were adopted in the West. What has it been like for those children to grow up living between two cultures?”

Executive producer Hilary Salmon added, “Guy Hibbert is the leading political dramatist of his generation writing for TV. His award-winning work is very often, as in this case, based on detailed research and immersion in the world of his story. The insight, humanity and sheer moral power he brings to One Child will make it a compelling and moving watch for a BBC Two audience.”

One Child will air in late 2014 

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